Established in 2014, Country Kids is the standard for Kettlecorn others try to duplicate. Levon & Deb started with one goal in mind: To deliver the most mouthwatering, savory tasting Kettlecorn in the Hudson Valley, while also providing the highest level of customer service.
Popcorn was always a part of Levon’s family growing up in upstate New York. His paternal grandfather (George Carpenter) made popcorn several times a week. We would visit him often as he lived next door. Every time we would be offered some warm popcorn and a small soda. If you were lucky, you would be the one standing next to him while he measured out the ingredients. I always paid attention to what he said on the importance of using only the best ingredients and the proportions of oil to kernels.
His grandfather would have popcorn for anyone who visited. He would often take some to his friends as a small gift, a treat to remember him by. We always looked forward to visiting him for lots of laughs and of course his scrumptious popcorn that brought smiles to everyone.
Several decades and many years later, Deb and Levon began talking about opening a small business for some fun. They discussed several different possibilities while eating a snack of popcorn. The only one that seemed to be just right, yes, popcorn. Not just plain popcorn, but Kettlecorn.
So now that they knew what the business would be, they needed a name for the business. The first thing that came to mind is Country Kettlecorn. Since they both grew up in the country and enjoyed all things country. It seemed a perfect fit but it seemed too generic. They continued to discuss various versions of the name and ended with the final name of Country Kids Kettlecorn.
On April 6, 2014 they made their first batch. They invited friends and family to taste and give feedback. To keep traditions created by Levon’s grandfather, they gave everyone a bag to take home and share with others.
They enjoyed making and selling Kettlecorn at many events. These events were fairs, flea markets, street festivals, fund raisers, orchards and farmers markets.
Levon always remembered and instilled his Grandfathers advice on quality ingredients make a superior product. It was very satisfying to hear compliments from everyone who tried their Kettlecorn. It was just as satisfactory to meet all the wonderful customers and many neighboring vendors at each of the events.
They have become very “Pop-ular” everywhere they have been. They weren't satisfied with just creating the most amazing Kettlecorn. No, they want to push past festivals and "pop" into an entirely new realm of popcorn, a place where no popcorn business has gone before!
Now, they expanded their line of products with various flavors and services. They decided to work on creating a new level of options to achieve the ultimate experience for customers. This website is one of the supporting marketing tools to achieve the next level.
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